Anil Kapoor was born on the 24th December 1959 in Chembur to Surinder and Nirmal. In 1984, he married Sunita Kapoor (née Bhambhani) and has two daughters and a son. Kapoor's elder daughter is the actress Sonam Kapoor who starred in Saawariya alongside Ranbir Kapoor.
Anil Kapoor made his debut with Hamare Tumhaare as a supporting actor in 1979. He also made a brief appearance in Hum Paanch and Shakti. In 1983, he bagged a leading role in a Kannada film Pallavi Anu Pallavi which was the directorial debut of Mani Rathnam.
Kapoor earned his first Filmfare Best Actor Award for his performance in N. Chandra's Tezaab in 1988, and later for Indra Kumar's Beta in 1992. Since then, he has starred in films including Virasat (1997), for which he won the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Performance; Biwi No.1 (1999); Taal (1999), for which he won his second Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award; Pukar (2000), for which he won his first National Film Award for Best Actor; No Entry (2005) and Welcome (2007). Kapoor's first role in an international film was in Danny Boyle's 2008 Academy Award-winning film Slumdog Millionaire, for which he shared the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.
In 2002, Kapoor produced his first film, the comedy Badhaai Ho Badhaai, in which he also starred in. It was followed by My Wife's Murder (2005), and Gandhi, My Father. Gandhi, My Father focuses on the relationship between Mahatma Gandhi and his son Harilal Gandhi (2007) and was awarded the National Film Award - Special Jury Award / Special Mention (Feature Film).